This mailbox is so over-the-top bad it just might be great.
Let's revisit Bumper Sticker Design 101, shall we? - The sticker should be legible from a distance. - The sticker should be legible while in motion. - The message should be succinct. - The message should be easy to grasp in a split-second. I was trying to change lanes on I-5 the other day and the pickup truck next to me wouldn't let me in. When I finally got behind him, I realized why: (Yes, I have an Obama 2008 sticker on my - wait for it - Subaru.) My first thought: is it a reference to the popular resort town of Bend, Oregon? Is the message a response to Obama's 2008 election, or a preview of the upcoming election? Is the bearer claiming that Obama is going to ream you? Or is it simply asking for help picking up some loose change off the floor? The pickup truck sticker is a crowdsourced deal from Cafe Press. Here's the latest "official" Republican version: [caption id="attachment_362" align="alignnone" width="350"] Oh hahaha! I get it! "Hope & Change" / "Hype & Blame"! CLEVER.[/caption] And this, apparently, is the Romney campaign's latest: [caption id="attachment_363" align="alignnone" width="545"] Hon, get me my reading glasses, wouldja?[/caption] Guys. Do we need to review Bumper Sticker Design 101 again?
I say "designed," because this is one of those "food" "products" which is surely the result of committees of corporate flavor profile engineers. It's not a food which is "prepared" from a "recipe." I'm not even sure it's food, quotation marks or not. My first encounter with Potted Meat came this past weekend when we were out longer than expected with the dog and needed to find him some food. The only shop in the vicinity was a sad, dusty little bodega. The shelves were nearly empty, widely spaced with the occasional home pregnancy test or bottle of Prell. Dog food was nowhere to be found, but I stumbled across a small stack of Potted Meat - quite possibly the most plentiful item in the shop. I expected raised eyebrows from the proprietor, but not over the fact that I presented a $5 bill for my $1.49 purchase. "You don't have smaller money?" he asked, peering over the counter into my wallet. After struggling to compute the correct change, he grudgingly added, "You take all my money!" And yet nothing about the disgusting product before us... The dog, of course, LOVED it. He's been very finicky ever since, no doubt longing for his pink, creamy, canned treat.
Enough pixels have been spilled lamenting the crappy design of Facebook’s Timeline. It’s right up there with Florida’s infamous Butterfly Ballot in terms of its ease-of-use. So I wasn’t going to bother posting about it here. Until I stumbled across this article in the new issue of FastCompany.
Hey, who’s that guy perched awkwardly on the edge of the grey thing?
Why, it’s Nicholas Felton, of Feltron! The designer responsible for all those elegant, beautiful infographics which have graced the pages of countless publications. What’s he doing there?
Huh? He works for Facebook? He’s responsible for the Timeline layout? How is that even possible?
That’s funny – last year we contacted him to discuss commissioning a graph for a project, and he replied, “I very rarely accept marketing or advertising work, and don’t think that this project includes the informative or educational content I require to make an exception.”
What’s that you say? Facebook bought his company Daytum?
Oooohhhhhhh, now I get it!
“Eat like the Irish!” intone the green signs festooned about my local Trader Joe’s.